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Just discovered Breakfast in the Valley. I gotta scan through her posts – we’re always on the lookout for a new weekend breakfast spot. I have to (again) recommend checking out Tracy’s Cafe for your morning meal if you’re ever up on College Hill in Easton. Nothin’ fancy for sure, but way good.

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Took our friends Ami and Chris to Ocean last night and had a great time. I was much more conscious of the details considering it was my first visit since starting the blog. Much darker than I remembered which didn’t bode well for my goal of taking impressive photos. (I really don’t want to use the flash – they annoy us so I’m gonna assume the feeling is universal.) The manager alerted us that a booth would be open soon and we could have it if we waited a couple extra minutes. The heads up was appreciated. Grabbed a couple drinks – fruity drinks for the girls and a Hoegarden for me (with an orange slice so i fit in).

We got the booth and ordered a bunch of tapas to start. I cranked up the levels but this is as good as the pic would get.

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Clockwise from the top: Hot Wings; Arugula Salad with Figs, Feta and Prosciutto; Lamb Tenderloin with Peas and Pancetta; and the Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese. It was a good array. Everyone tried a bit of each. For the main course Ami and Chris shared the Filet Mignon and the Potato Leek Soup. Janet had the crab cake from the tapas menu and I went with the special – Veal Cheeks with Black-Eye Peas. We all started eating and i forgot to take a pic. And food just doesn’t look appetizing when it’s half-eaten.

Our server had earlier taunted us with the promise of an interesting dessert special so we inquired. White chocolate risotto with gooseberry chutney. I was sold.

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That’s it on the right, followed clockwise by the Apple Dumpling with Honey Gelato, Chocolate Mousse Tart, and the Peanut Butter Trio.

The risotto was good, a bit al dente. The gooseberries were surprising. My in-laws have a gooseberry bush and the look and taste differs greatly from what Ocean served me. They were almost like tiny apricots really. Not better or worse, just different from what i expected.

We left very satisfied and pretty much passed out in front of the TV before hittin the hay. We got up and figured we’d grab breakfast before they had to split so we walked over to Tracy’s Cafe on Cattell St on College Hill. Another place i think i’m gonna add to my Easton’s Best list at some point. We haven’t found a tastier omelet and homefries anywhere.

More friends may be in town next weekend, so i’ll try to get another review up. Maybe Valenca? (Yikes. Their website is cheesy. That’s a flaming chorizo in case you were wondering.)

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